Screen print of the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields  by Liz Whiteman Smith
Screen print of the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields  by Liz Whiteman Smith
Screen print of the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields  by Liz Whiteman Smith
Screen print of the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields  by Liz Whiteman Smith

The Ten Bells pub, Spitalfields

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  • Original hand pulled screen print
  • 6 colours
  • 30 x 40 cm
  • Heritage White 315 gsm paper
  • Edition of 50

The Ten Bells pub near Spitalfields market is one of the Truman Brewery's oldest pubs, welcoming drinkers since 1666 into its lively beautifully decorated pub. 

There has been a pub close to the current location of the Ten Bells since the mid-18th century. The original pub actually stood a little distance away from its current location, and was moved a few metres in the 1850s during developments in the Commercial Street area.

The name of the pub has changed over time, but those names have generally derived from the number of bells in the peal housed in the Nicholas Hawksmoor designed Christ Church, Spitalfields next door. In the 1750s, the pub was called the Eight Bells Alehouse and became the Ten Bells when Christ Church added two more bells to its peals.

It did change its name again, however, in the 1970s, when it became the Jack the Ripper and turned into a gruesome kind of theme pub. The campaign group, Reclaim the Night, persuaded the brewery to drop this name in the 1980s on the basis that the pub’s name should not commemorate the murder of women.

Its dark history aside, the Ten Bells is worth a visit just to see its original Victorian tiling and murals, some of which date back to the 19th century, commemorating the local weavers who lived in Spitalfields at that time. A renovation in 2010 added a new mural which celebrates modern Spitalfields and includes local characters such as the artists, Gilbert and George.

Signed and numbered on the front at the bottom.

Orders are carefully wrapped, rolled into a strong tube and despatched by Royal Mail Special next day delivery signed and tracked within three days, usually quicker. 

Overseas orders are rolled into a strong tube and sent by courier.

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